Basic Concepts of Film & Video Editing

By Saikat Sekhareswar Ray   |   Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute
Learners enrolled: 2686
The course will deal with a very crucial part of the post production process of filmmaking i.e. editing. The course briefly touches the history of editing, its invention and application and how it has influenced the language of cinema. Although editing is considered an art by many, one has to have a thorough technical knowledge of the science of editing to be able to join shots together. The course has explanation of basic joining of shots to understanding complex narrative structures and how they unconsciously make a film work. At the end of the course, the student should be in a position to edit his or her own simple narrative film.   
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Multidisciplinary
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 04 Jul 2022
End Date : 04 Sep 2022
Enrollment Ends : 15 Sep 2022
Exam Date :

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Course layout

Week 1
1: Basic Concepts of Editing (Part-I)
2: Basic Concepts of Editing (Part-2)
3: Basic Concepts of Editing (Part-3)

Week 2
4: Creative Role of the Editor (Part-1)
5; Creative Role of the Editor (Part-2)
6: Creative Role of the Editor (Part-3)

Week 3
7: Creative Role of the Editor (Part-4)
8: Basic Aspects of Film Editing
9: Techniques of Joining Two Shots

Week 4
10: Match Cut, Invisible Cut etc
11: Imaginary Line, 30 Degree Rule etc
12: Methods and techniques

Week 5
13: Narrativisation
14: Digital Editing Software and Equipment
15: Editing Basics Part-1

Week 6
16: Editing Basics Part -2
17: FCP Introduction
18: Interface

Week 7
19: Capturing and Transferring Video ,
20: Basic editing Functions
21: Image Sizes, Settings and Motion Tab

Week 8
22: Manipulations 
23: Audio, Key Framing and Text
24: Colour Correction & Chroma Keying
25: Short Cuts and Exports

Books and references

1. Walter Murch; “In the blink of an Eye”. 
2. Ken Dancyger; “The Technique of Film and Video Editing”. 
3. Edward Dmytryk; “On Film Editing”; ‘An introduction to the Art of Film Construction’. 
4. Sergei Eisenstein; “Film Form”; ‘Essays in Film Theory and the Film Sense’. 
5. Vincent LoBrutto; “Selected Takes”; ‘Film Editors on Editing’. 
6. David Mamet; “On Directing Film”. 
7. Richard d. Pepperman; “The Eye is Quicker”. 
8. Bobbie O’Steen; “The Invisible Cut”. 
9. Karel Reisz, Gavin Millar; “The Technique of Film Editing”.
10. Roger Critttenden; “Fine Cuts”. 


Instructor bio

Saikat Sekhareswar Ray

Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute
Mr Saikat Sekhareswar Ray is a graduate from the Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute and has been working both as a teacher and Film Editor. He is presently working as Asst. Professor in the department of Film Editing, SRFTI after serving FTII, Pune and St. Xaviers’ College Kolkata for a couple of years. Saikat has won a National Award for Editing in 2007 and 2 IDPA award for Best Editing in 2008 and 2009. Saikat has worked on several films by Al-Jazeera, NHK, ITVS etc.  Important films edited by him includes 1. Hope Dies Last in War 2. Are You Listening 3. Swimming through the Darkness 4. Blue Helmet 5. Testimony of a Thread and feature films like Adda and The Land’s Music.

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